Photo: Participants of the men up conference
Statistics reflect the alarming impact and cost of gender-based violence on communities, businesses, and the national economies. In Lesotho alone, at least 86% of women have reported experiencing GBV in their lifetimes, 41% of men have admitted to committing acts of GBV; and 63% of working women have been sexually harassed in the workplace.
As we take a stance against gender-based violence, we fully acknowledge that no single sector or organization can adequately address all elements of GBV prevention and response. To win the fight against gender-based violence, we must adopt a holistic and coordinated approach aimed at working at different levels of society, and with multiple actors to prevent and respond to GBV in Lesotho. Vodacom Lesotho, actively promotes and supports participation, collaboration and coordination of key stakeholders across sectors in the efforts against GBV. We have taken steps to raise awareness about this shadow pandemic internally within our organization and externally. Critically we have invested in initiatives that also actively provide appropriate support and services where possible to those affected.
Through our Vodacom Lesotho Foundation, we have in partnership with different stakeholders invested in initiatives that seek to address GBV.
During these 16 days, we have supported and participated in a series of community and sector activities, aimed at fostering a collaborative effort in addressing GBV
Vodacom believes that the long-term solution to successfully eradicating GBV can be achieved through working together with individuals, Governmental bodies, civil society organizations and communities in transforming the attitudes of perpetrators and creating enabling environments for victims and survivors.
As Vodacom, we recommit to giving meaning to gender parity through our clear, bold, and solid policies in the workplace and purposefully reviewing such on a continuous basis. We further courageously pledge continued support through our Foundation for programmes that look to advance gender equality in our communities.